PDP receives thousandsThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received thousands of defectors from different political parties in Adamawa.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and PDP presidential candidate, received the defectors at a ceremony in Yola on Monday.
Abubakar assured them of equity and justice in their new party.
“We expect you to work assidiously toward our victory in the 2023 general elections,” he said.
He said that since the ban on electioneering campaign was still in force, the PDP as a law abiding party would wait for the appropriate time for the commencement of its campaign.
Abubakar said that he joined the presidential race because of his desire to serve the people of Nigerians.
“My visit today is just a home coming because I have not been home since when I won the primary election of my party, ” he said.
The former Vice-President commended Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri for his achievements in security, infrastructure, education, health and internal democracy in the PDP family in the state.
He urged the people to continue to support him to deliver more dividends of democracy to them through provision of social services across the state.
Fintiri said that his administration has delivered dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
“We have fullfilled about 80 per cent of our campaign promises,” he said.
He said his administration has spent billions of naira for construction of two playovers and overhead bridges at the state capital in Yola among other things.
He expressed optimism that PDP would emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections, while calling on party supporters to ensure that they obtain their Permanent Voter Cards.
Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha, the Lamido of Adamawa, congratulated Abubakar for securing the PDP presidential ticket for 2023 poll.
He called on politicians to play politics by the rules by avoiding acts capable of breaching the peace and unity of the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that among the defectors were two serving APC lawmakers at the state House of Assembly.
The Nigeria Customs service (NCS), Area Command says it has seized 234.5 tonnes of fertiliser and other contraband about to be smuggled into Cameroon Republic.
The Service said it had recorded 69 seizures along Nigeria – Cameroun boarder with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N232.11 million between January and June, 2022. The Comptroller of Customs, Mr Adeboyega Ganiyu, in charge of the Command, stated this while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on smuggling of government’s subsidised products.
He said the Service had scaled up patrol and campaign activities to tackle smuggling in the country.
He said personnel of the Service seized 4,649 bags of fertiliser weighing 234.5 tonnes and other items at the entry and exit points of Nigerian border with Cameron.
The Comptroller listed other items to include 22 vehicles; 1,500 sachets of Tramadol tablet, 392 bags of foreign rice and 70 bags of unpeelled foreign rice.
Ganiyu attributed the feat achieved to the snergy with sister security agencies and support of members of the general public.
The NCS, he said had declared zero tolerance to any act capable of undermining the economic strength of the country.
According to him, the Service will not allow unscrupulous elements bent on sabotaging the economy of the country to take advantage of the proximity to the border by engaging in illicit trans-border activities.
In Borno which shared common border with Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics, smuggling had been slowed due to closure of the border occassioned by the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency.
Borno border Cameroon in the east, Chad to the northeastern part, and Niger Republic to the north.
However, some elements have been engaged in smuggling of petrol and fertiliser along the border in spite of the ban imposed by the military on circulation of Urea brand of fertiliser in Borno and Yobe. Shettima Ali, an oil marketer, said the lucrative nature of smuggling attracted many people in the border communities in spite of the risks.
He said that petrol was being sold above N600 per litre while a bag of fertiliser sold above N40,000 in neighbouring countries.
“The smugglers usually pass through Michika, Madagali or Mubi in Adamawa to smuggle contraband into the neighbouring countries.
“Sometimes petrol conceled in five-litre keg is transported on trucks and motorcycles through Gaidam in Yobe. “Fertiliser is in high demand here and across the border.
It is banned by the military because the insurgents used it to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
“Smuggling is highly dangerous because when you get caught you will be level as Boko Haram supplier or collaborator,” he said Also, Mr Bukar Babagana, a member of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), in Borno, who corroborated earlier opinion, alleged that many fraudulent marketers amassed wealth through petrol smuggling along the borders.
He alleged that some fuel servicing stations in border communities engaged in illicit trade.
To address the menace, Babagana advocated for establishment of retail outlets on the entry and exit points across the country.
For his part, Bashir Abdulkareem, an economists, called for total reform of the oil sector to end petroleum subsidy regime to encourage competition and enhance availability of the products.
“Petrol smuggling thrive when there is scarcity of the product.
The border posts in Borno are closed and manned by the military but still smuggling continue unabated,” he said.
According to him, practical measures are imperative to end smuggling and protect the nation’s economy.
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has graduated 30 youths trained on climate-friendly stove fabrication and briquette production in Bauchi State.
The Assistant General Manager of the commission in charge of Bauchi State, Mr Ibrahim Bashir stated this at the end of the training exercise on Friday n Bauchi.
He said the commission began the training of the youths drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi, Birno Gombe and Taraba States on Monday, Aug. 8. He said the training programme was one of the key mandate of the commission towards empowering people in the region, to enable them to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
The NEDC official said briquette production techniques acquired by the trainees was a huge source of export which would increase income and revenue generation in the country.
“Briquettes are a big source of export which will generate a lot of money to the North-East region and Nigeria.
“I have been privileged to have seen briquettes being packaged in cartons and people in the neighbouring countries patronise it.
“It is a good source of economic empowerment.
If you can export a truck load of briquettes, you will be able to start your manufacturing industries of the briquette,” he said.
He urged the graduates to ensure effective use of the skills learnt and step-down the training in their communities.
The Lead Trainer, Mr Saleh Yahmut said the youths had been exposed to entrepreneurial skills to enable them to run successful businesses in briquettes.
Accordingto him, a bag of briquettes is being sold at N5,000, adding that it was made from rice husks, sugarcane peels, groundnut and coconut shells, and sawdust.
This, he said would check indescrminate tree felling and preserve the ecosystem in the country.
“The fabricated stove are environmental friendly unlike most of the existing stoves in the country which emit carbon monoxide, ” he said.
One the graduates, Esther Febiuns, commended the gesture and called for expansion of the scope of the training exercise to encourage participation in the programme.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed food items to 1,241 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa.
The Spokesman of the agency, Malam Hafizu Bello, stated this during the inauguration of food distribution exercise at the Malkoni IDPs camp, on Friday in Yola. He said that about 202 households displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents had took refuge in the camp since September 2014. He listed the food items to include bags of rice; beans, maize grits, cooking oil, seasoning and tomato paste.
Malam Lawal Maida, a displaced person, lauded the Federal Government for ensure regular supply of food and drugs to them.
“W are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, and we hailed from Gwoza LGA of Borno,” he said.
He advocated for skills acquisition programme to empower the IDPs to enable them to achieve self sufficiency, adding that, “we remain grateful to the government and the host community for their hospitality”.
Also speaking, Rakiya Mohammed, commended the agency for the gesture and pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the commodities to fend for her family members.
A coalition of Northern Women Group known as Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa in Adamawa, has tasked the womenfolk on the imperative of political participation in the current dispensation.
Hajiya Halima Hayatu, the chairperson of the group, made the call while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Friday.
She said participation of the women in political activities would enable them to contribute their quota in nation building as well as boost their horizon in the nitty gritty of leadership.
Hayatu said the group had since commenced Sensitisation and enlightenment campaign on the need for women to be active in politics, saying the group was determined to actualize the implementation of the 35 per cent affirmative action for women.
“Our full participation in politics would make us take our rightful position in the scheme of things.
” She added that the group had established functional offices across the 21 existing Local Government Areas in the state for effective and wider coverage of their activities.
She urged the women not to relent in participating actively in politics, stressing that many women made positive impacts in the political activities of their climes, hence they should not relent to raplicate same in their domains.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Jamiyyar Matan Arewa is a northern women pressure group with branches across the 19 northern states, established to encourage wonen participation in politics.
The United Nations Women (UN Women) has established a ‘HeForShe’ Network, a campaign platform for men and boys to promote gender equality and women empowerment in Kaduna State.
The UN Women’s Programme Specialist, Mr Peter Mancha, who disclosed this at a one-day workshop for members of the network in Kaduna on Thursday, said that men need to work with women to achieve gender equality.
Mancha said that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign in collaboration with the Ministry for Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD) was designed to mobilise men and boys to support gender equality in the state.
Mancha explained that the ‘HeForShe’ was a solidarity movement that would provide a systematic approach and platform on which men and boys serve as change agents toward the achievement of gender equality.
According to him, the ‘HeForShe’ campaign, initiated by the United Nations in 2014, is key to the realisation of gender equality in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The ‘HeForShe’ campaign was officially launched in Nigeria on May 23, 2017, by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from UN Women.
“The campaign was subsequently inaugurated in 12 States across the country and will be inaugurated in Kaduna state very soon as the 13th state.
” He said that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign was under the Women Peace and Security in Nigeria, Phase II project, 2022 to 2024 in six states, with Kaduna and Plateau as primary benefiting states.
Mancha identified the secondary states as Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue.
He explained that the workshop was for the participants to understand gender equality and how they can contribute to peace and security He added that members of the network would develop a workplan and establish a coordinating structure to guide implementation of the work plan and activities of the network.
The programme commended Kaduna State Government for including a reasonable number of women in decision making positions in the state civil service and political offices.
Hajiya Hafsat Baba, the state Commissioner, MHSSD, said that women currently constitute 60 per cent of the State Executive Council.
Baba pointed out that achieving gender equality requires an inclusive approach that both recognises men and boys as partners for the push for women’s rights.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the network were drawn from government agencies, traditional and religious leaders, security agencies, civil society organisations and gender advocates.
The UN Development Programme has commended Nigerian Government’s efforts in promoting climate resilience agriculture and enhancing food security.
This was the thrust at the Close-Out Event of the Resilient Food Security Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) project in Abuja on Thursday.
UNDP Deputy Resident Coordinator, Mr Lealem Dinku, said the GEF project had laid the foundation for climate change response in the country through the development of national food security policy and institutional structures.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 5-year project was implemented in seven states of Adamawa, Gombe, Nasarawa, Benue, Jigawa, Kano and Katsina.
Dinku noted that with sustainability, recurring food security situations would be addressed in a transformative manner for capacity of women, communities and institutions in the country.
He said the impact of climate change was widespread and felt through persistent droughts, extreme heat, flooding and erratic rain patterns, among others.
“Under this project, great results have been achieved so-far in tackling food insecurity in Nigeria.
More than 90,000 direct jobs and 800,000 indirect jobs has been created through various livelihood and income generating activities.
“Moreover, more than 50,000 women have been empowered through the project’s climate-smart agriculture and livelihood interventions with both on-farm and off-farm income generating activities.
“And through the land restoration efforts, over 100 hectares of degraded and soil erosion land has been restored,” he said.
Representative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Iyabo Mustapha, said climate change had impacted food systems in the country in immeasurable measure.
Mustapha said through the GEF project, the capacity of smallholder farmers was built on climate resilience agriculture, saying this had also promoted food security in the country.
While commending the UNDP on the partnership, Mustapha stressed the need for benefiting states to sustain successes recorded.
Mr Mohammed Tukur, GEF National Project Coordinator, said the Resilient Food Security Programme had proven to be very effective in boosting the adaptability of small-holder farmers in managing climate change.
He said the project had lifted many people out of poverty and ensured food security, linking successes to lessons from the Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) theme.
“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is appreciative of the ongoing support and dedication of all the RFS partners and state project teams as they collaborate with local communities to take action against land degradation and face long-term solutions to food security in Nigeria,’’ Tukur said.
Hajiya Salamatu Garba, Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network, said the project had reflected that, with climate-resilience programmes and policies, Nigeria could meet its food security targets sustainably.
According to her, there is need for sustaining the gains of the programme through community ownership.
Garba also said implementing agencies ought to sustain the gender aspects of the project, saying women empowerment means all-round development.
“We must think of how to manage scalability and sustainability of the project, there is need for extension workers to hand them over to peer leaders and communities,’’ she said.
Gov Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has expressed satisfaction with the performance of indigent students who sat for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations council’s (WAEC).
A statement by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Hunwashi Wonosikou in Yola on Thursday, stated that about 78 per cent of the candidates who sat for the examination, scored the minimum of University entry requirement of five O’level credits and above.
He lauded the commitment and dedication of all stakeholders in education, especially teachers, parents and the students for achieving the enviable feat, saying government would not relent in making education a top priority.
He said his administration had recently paid N780.2 million as the 2022 WAEC examination and registration fees covering a total of 43,254 candidates across all existing senior secondary schools.
The governor said his administration would continue to enhance the welfare of teachers through capacity building, training and retraining, workshops, seminars, implementation of their promotion to the next grade levels and payment of their entitlements.
The News Agency of Nigeria recports that the Adamawa government provided full scholarships to 120 indigent students to study Medicine, Engineering and science-based courses in Indian Universities.
The Samu Naka community in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa has called for construction of drain to mitigate perennial flooding in the area.
The Leader of the community, Malam Musa Mohammed made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Wednesday.
He said lack of drains had been exposing residents to flooding every rainy season, adding that the disaster resulted to destruction of houses and property.
He said such intervention from government and other relevant authorities would mitigate flood and protect the environment.
“We call on government at all levels to remedy the situation by constructing drain to ease free flow of water in the flood-prone community,” he said.
He, however, urged the residents to shun indiscriminate dumping of waste and erection of structures on water ways.
NAN reports that the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMet) in its 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) said 32 states and 233 LGAs would experience flood this rainy season.
INEC in Adamawa on Wednesday appealed to 2021 voter cards registrants to go and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The appeal was made in Yola by INEC’s spokesman in the state, Malam Dahiru Jauro when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria .
He said only 16,000 cards out of the 56,000 cards printed by the commission between June and December 2021 had been collected.
The remaining 40,000 PVCs have yet to be collected, he stressed.
“We will ensure that each of the PVCs is collected by those who registered for them,’’ he said.
Jauro told NAN that INEC was engaging the print and electronic media, traditional and religious leaders in enlightenment campaigns appealing to registrants to collects their PVCs.